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Quiboloy, self-proclaimed owner of the universe, has six million faithful followers.
Appointed Son of God, Lucifer’s Conqueror, Owner of the Universe. These are just some of the self-proclaimed titles Apollo Quiboloy goes by. His penchant for superlatives is equally matched by the faith of his followers, who believe that Quiboloy is the fulfilment ...
 
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Raise a glass for the men of the hour.
Esquire Philippines has the honor of celebrating outstanding Filipinos shaping culture as we know it. These are men and women who are truly in a class of their own—businessmen, public servants, artists, and athletes who raise the bar with every exceptional pursuit.In ...
 
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From golden ice cream bars to hypebeast sneakers to luxury skincare, the young boss has cornered the market of the most wanted.
Five years ago, Michael Concepcion and I were at Magnum Café, days before its opening while the entire team was in a mad scramble of meetings, trainings, and testings. He doesn’t remember that interview, but I managed to dig up the article ...
 
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What’s in a name?
Metro Manila is home to 16 cities and over 13 million people. It’s the fifth most populous urban area in the world, and currently the center of the country’s culture, politics, and economy. But before it became a sprawling metropolis, Metro Manila ...
 
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Philippine superstitions and folklore were the perfect weapons against rebels.
It’s no secret that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America will go to great lengths to defeat its enemies—whether at home or abroad. At the height of the Cold War in the ‘50s, they were responsible for overthrowing the government ...
 
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Whatever you do, don’t look over your shoulder.
Failed thesis defense and final exams aren’t the worst university ghost stories out there. Some are even more horrifying, sans professors and deadlines. The following stories are sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.Read on if you ...
 
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And the unsung revolutionists: The Sakdalistas.
Some four months ago, the film Quezon’s Game was released to general acclaim. The film depicted the personal efforts of Manuel Quezon to rescue as many as 10,000 Jews from what would eventually become the Holocaust. Well received for its portrayal of an obscure topic in ...
 
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His life and faith is a reminder of the hold of religion in the Philippines.
In 1636 Manila, a man was accused of committing murder most foul. Normally, the courts arranged for justice to be served after due process, but the situation was slightly different. The victim was a Spaniard, and the accused?It was Lorenzo Ruiz.The news ...
 
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He is now CEO of one of the most successful ad agencies in the Philippines.
"I was practically raised by prisoners," confesses Third Domingo, CEO and founder of IXM, a leading advertising agency in the country and a member of Hakuhodo, Japan's second largest marketing company and fourth largest in the world. "The prisoners were the ones ...
 
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Apollo 11's third astronaut orbited the moon, all alone, while his colleagues walked on it.
On July 20, 1969, at 1:46 p.m., Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated the Eagle landing craft from the Apollo 11 command module. Michael Collins stayed behind, firing the rockets, moving about two miles away from his colleagues—and 250,000 miles from humanity on ...
 
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The 30-year-old mayor toppled a political stranglehold that existed his entire life, but will he be able to break the wheel.
We met at the clubhouse. The space was sparse, hardly what you would call a politician’s office. There was no gaudy table in the middle of the room, no gaudy nameplate advertising the holder’s name, no via crucis of portraits and handshakes adorning ...
 
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The backstories behind Datu Puti, Ginebra San Miguel, and Jollibee.
Datu Puti is one of the most popular brands in the Philippines, easily associated not with an actual ancient ruler, but with vinegar and other kinds of condiments. But why was the vinegar brand named Datu Puti? Was there really a person ...
 
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The Chinese sided with the British when the latter invaded Manila in 1762.
In 1762, the British invaded Manila. They had help from a traditional enemy: the Chinese.Relations between Spaniards and the Chinese had been fraught for centuries, and a British invasion of Manila was the perfect excuse for the Chinese to help erode Spain’s ...
 
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The "Last Island" of the Philippines is a dangerous and treacherous place that bears immense strategic, military, and political significance.
In the northernmost tip of the Philippines, the last island of the Philippines stands like a lonely sentinel protruding above rough seas. At a glance, Mavulis looks Jurassic. Century plants, which are prehistoric vegetation, abound in the rocky island while flocks of ...
 
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Why do older people fall for fake news? A study shines a light on the reasons.
Recently, a Facebook post showing alleged pictures of the Philippine subway project went viral, garnering tens of thousands of reactions and shares. It had six photos supposedly showing the project in the Philippines. One of the photos showed President Rodrigo Duterte standing ...
 
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From being a serial killer to resurrecting as a chicken, these are the most absurd Jose Rizal myths bandied about by Filipinos.
Jose Rizal wore many hats. He was a bibliophile, an intellectual, a novelist, and a nationalist. But there are certain personas he most definitely was not: a serial killer, the Redeemer, the Savior of the World, and immortal. The national hero may ...
 
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For the residents of Lupang Ramos in Dasmariñas, Cavite, 372 hectares of agricultural land hold 30 years of struggle for agrarian reform.
The side road leading off Governor’s Drive in Dasmariñas, Cavite is lined with streamers with messages such as “Tunay na Reporma sa Lupa, Ipaglaban” and “Activism is not Terrorism.” At its entrance is a makeshift barrier made out of bamboo, some rope, ...
 
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Continuing the principled politics of his grandfather and father, Erin Tañada makes a case for updating endo laws, encouraging the return to agriculture, and learning from the youth, who, he says, are the catalysts for shaping politics.
Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III, though from a family of politicians, hardly fits the stereotype. During our Esquire interview at his childhood home, the only people around are his wife, Ria, his parents, his son, and a nephew. No other staffers or assistants.This ...
 
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At this year’s Art Fair, the artist is going back to her roots
The first time I met Olivia d’Aboville, we were standing beside a man with a painted face who was being buried in the ground up to his neck. It was at Mount Malasimbo and the man was a performance artist who called ...
 
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The legendary actor-director on women, money, discipline, and playing the villain.
EDDIE GARCIA89, actor and filmmakerI started in 1949, after I got discharged from the Philippine Scouts in the U.S. Army. I was stationed in Okinawa for three years, as [part of the] occupational troops. In 1949, the Philippine Scouts were disbanded by President Quirino. ...
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